Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

John Boy

Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by John Boy » Sat Aug 08, 2009 4:02 pm

Have tried all he usual items to break loose the barrel on a No3.... heat - soaking in all the usual solvents and oil and even a cheater bar on the wrench. Any other tips would be appreciated

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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by macca » Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:11 pm

Hi,
just a thought - freeze the barrel and reciver - when uniformly cold insulate the barrel and rapidly warm the receiver so that its thread expands then try the cheat bar again
Cheers
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John Boy

Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by John Boy » Sat Aug 08, 2009 5:19 pm

Macca, I like your thought. Thanks kindly and I'll give it a try

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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by DRCook » Sat Aug 08, 2009 6:03 pm

John,

what type of firearm ?

Dave
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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by John Boy » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:17 pm

what type of firearm ?
Dave, an early JM Ballard No3 gallery rifle - 22rf
Bore is shot out and am putting a TJ's liner in it

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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by DRCook » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:19 pm

John,

stick the action down in a quart or so of diesel fuel and let it sit for a couple days. The diesel will penetrate into the threads and help break loose any rust that is holding them. Then when you use the heat trick, you won't have to heat the action up so much.

Dave
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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by Arnie » Sat Aug 08, 2009 8:58 pm

I have a #9 Union Hill that Ken Bresien recut from 32/40 to 38/55 .The 32/40 looked like a sewer pipe .Any way he had to do all the work with the reciever still on the barrel since he couldnt get it off either .Some one told me they heard that some of these barrels were soft soldered on even though they were threaded .Dont know that for sure and how would you confirm it unless some one has managed to get one off and found the solder .Arnie

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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by Kelley O. Roos » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:19 am

After you've let the action/barrel soak in whatever solution you've choosen, brake fluid kroil mixture works well. Set the action up with your action wrench installed, put a 6' extension on it's handle, no don't jump on the breaker bar, set all this up with the handle slightly above center. Take a 5 gallon bucket filled with sand or something that will make the bucket heavy & put that on the very end of the bar, let all this set over night & usually this will break loose the action from the barrel.

Kelley O.

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Re: Any Tips Breaking a Frozen Barrel?

Post by John Boy » Sun Aug 09, 2009 9:39 am

Kelley, never heard this tip and it is logical. Will set it up and give it a go. It's been soaking for 3 days in a 2:1 cup ratio of vinegar and Mystery Oil
Thanks Kind Sir!

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